Check out what he had to say about the journal below:
“North By West speaks the language of Canadian landscapes through photographs and writing. As I look out my window today from the comfort of a fourth floor office sheltered by Cardinal’s curving design, I see Grande Prairie blanketed by snow. In Canada we live in plural places as the seasons colour our experience. It is early December, minus twenty, and an arctic front brings ice hardened snow and wind. Visually, I wonder where all of the people are as I scan and gaze? Houses, trucks and stores keep many of our bodies warm, but some of us, some of us are outside, facing the freezing cold and squinting to absorb a landscape that envelopes us in a world of grande scale.
North By West is an attempt at social engineering and is a collaboration between image makers and scholars. Together with my co-editor, Kyler Zeleny, a current PhD candidate at York/Ryerson, we have brought together a collection inspired by re-imagining what it means to live in relation to place, to re-visit places in cyclical patterns, and to see past memories in future visions. North By West is a timely and geographically relevant distinction in terms of North America. Grande Prairie sits somewhere in the middle of the loosely specified zone.
We hope North By West is a delight for the eyes and when read aloud, for the ears. Take a moment to follow the link http://imaginations.csj.ualberta.ca/?p=8731 and spend some time glancing and gazing upon landscapes, people, and places that you may or may not have come to know. We encourage you to look upon North By West as one of the many contributions that our research and teaching faculty have made over the years. North By West shares goals with GPRC as a responsive, scholarly, diverse and serves the needs of the community by taking a critical and creative stance on what we mean when we say, to live well. “
September 22, 1966 was the first day of classes at Grande Prairie Jr. College (was what soon to become GPRC)! They expected 35, and 119 students showed up.
Our founders knew that GPRC served a vital need of bringing access to post-secondary education to our community, and today that is still equally as true, as GPRC serves close to 10,000 students each year.
We celebrated the kick-off event to our 50th Anniversary with delicious floats and snacks along with the song launch of ‘Mark on You’. Written by Grande Prairie singer songwriter Tenille, ‘Mark On You’ reflects that you don’t have to be a student for GPRC to impact your life, and leave a mark on you.